History of High Liner Foods

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More than 120 years of deliciously simple seafood.

It’s our craft and our heritage. Our timeline gives a sense of how we got to where we are today.

1899, the founding of W.C. Smith & Company, a salt fish operation located in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia—still the current home of our Canadian Operations.

1926, created the High Liner brand.

1945, created National Sea Products.

1982, acquired the Commodore private label.

1986, acquired Fisher Boy.

1999, changed our name to High Liner Foods.

2007, acquired the North American marketing and manufacturing business of Fishery Products International.

2010, purchased the assets of Viking Seafoods, Inc.

2011, acquired Icelandic Group’s U.S. and Asian operations.

2013, acquired the principal assets and operations of American Pride Seafoods LLC from American Seafoods Group LLC.

2014, acquired the business of Atlantic Trading Company LLC

2016, sold scallop business assets along with the New Bedford, Massachusetts facility to Blue Harvest Fisheries 

2017, acquired Rubicon Resources, LLC

Today, we are North America's largest marketer of frozen, value-added, seafood products—and a family of great people and strong brands with a dedication to excellence.


The company and its employees are committed to conducting business in a manner that reflects the following values:


High Liner Foods’ employees focus on meeting the current and future needs of our customers. We realize that our success depends on understanding our customers, building strong relationships and delivering quality products on time.


High Liner Foods’ employees are committed to providing differentiated and innovative products and services to grow our business and meet the needs of a changing marketplace. We are also committed to innovation in our work to make our business more efficient.


High Liner Foods’ employees take responsibility for their actions. In a competitive industry, we operate with integrity with our customers, suppliers and coworkers.  We respect our environment and are committed to sustainability in all of our operations.